November 14, 2002

The Sky Is Falling: Leonid Storms Predicted

I don't know why I waste keystrokes on you, you bunch of woosie slakers. I know darn well I could tell you the skies would open up and Michelangelo's Hand of God would 5:30 on a cold November morning...and you'd pull the covers up and roll over for another hunk of blessed oblivion.

Oh. Okay. One more time. Folks, get outside next week and see the Leonid meteor storm. This has the potential for being a big one (Big, you say? How big? Well, observers in the western US in 1966 observed 100,000 meteors per hour!) Forecasts for this one say it may produce as many as 10,000/hr. If you miss this 'meteor storm', just wait. The next would will happen in 2099.

Bad news: full moon. Good news: it will be setting at the best time to view the Leonids, at about 530 a.m. EST on the morning of November 19.

Should I give you a wake-up call? Or, I could send Buster in to wake you up. He comes in at promptly 4:15, and places a wet sock or undergarment next to your face. Very effective.

Posted by fred1st at November 14, 2002 06:49 AM

A Wake-Up Dog sounds like a nice service, but how does the garment get wet....?

Posted by: Huw Raphael at November 14, 2002 09:39 AM

Ooh, I want to see it! Can I see it in South Dakota, and do I need to do anything special to view it? Skies here have been very clear at night lately . . . very planetarium-like. Can I just go outside and watch??

Posted by: Artichoke Heart at November 14, 2002 11:28 AM

Cool, I try to catch it every year! Last year I had light fog, could only see ones straight up. Froze my buns off, but I still saw hundreds of them!

Posted by: Dave W. at November 14, 2002 12:56 PM

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